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Robert Michael Gates
23rd Chancellor of The College of William & Mary
Assumed office
February 3, 2012
Preceded by Sandra Day O'Connor
22nd United States Secretary of Defense
In office
December 18, 2006 – July 1, 2011
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Deputy Gordon R. England
Preceded by Donald Rumsfeld
Succeeded by Leon Panetta
22nd President of Texas A&M University
In office
August 1, 2002 – December 16, 2006
Preceded by Ray M. Bowen
Succeeded by Eddie J. Davis
15th Director of Central Intelligence
In office
November 6, 1991 – January 20, 1993
President George H. W. Bush
Deputy Richard James Kerr
William Oliver Studeman
Preceded by William Hedgcock Webster
Succeeded by R. James Woolsey, Jr.
16th Deputy Director of Central Intelligence
In office
April 1986 – March 1989
President Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Preceded by John Norman McMahon
Succeeded by Richard James Kerr
Personal details
Born September 25, 1943 (1943-09-25) (age 76)
Wichita, Kansas
Alma mater College of William & Mary, Indiana University, Georgetown University
Military service
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1967-1969
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Robert Michael Gates (born September 25, 1943) was the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense. He took office on December 18, 2006 under George W. Bush and Barack Obama's administrations until his retirement on July 1, 2011[1] Prior to this, Gates served for 26 years in the Central Intelligence Agency and the United States National Security Council. Under President George H. W. Bush, Gates served as Director of Central Intelligence. He was also president of Texas A&M. He is currently Chancellor of the College of William and Mary.


  1. "New US defence secretary sworn in". BBC News. December 18, 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-18.